WOMENS HEALTH

POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME (PCOS)

PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder affecting approximately one in ten people born with a uterus, many of whom go undiagnosed. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of weight centric and fat phobic advice dished out by the mainstream ‘health’ industry that is purely unhelpful.

 

  • Missing or irregular periods

  • Excess body hair

  • Acne or oily skin

  • Enlarged ovaries with multiple cysts (on ultrasound)

  • Elevated androgens (from blood tests)

Also: skin tags, dark or thick skin patches, hair loss, weight changes, infertility, trouble sleeping, mood disorders and insulin resistance
 
 

Help you break free from the diet cycle which worsens insulin resistance including interrupting the ‘restrict-binge’ cycle

  • Use principles of gentle nutrition from intuitive eating to help manage insulin resistance, normalise hormone levels and reduce inflammation

  • Explore ways of moving your body that you enjoy

  • Answer any questions you may have about your condition:​​

    • Are there any supplements that can help with PCOS?

    • Do I need to cut out carbs?

    • Should I be avoiding fruit?

    • Do I need to lose weight to improve my PCOS? (spoiler alert- no!)

 Symptoms of PCOS

How our dietitians help with PCOS

ENDOMETRIOSIS

Approximately 1 in 10 women suffer from endometriosis. It occurs when cells similar to the lining of the womb (endometrium) are found outside the womb but inside the body; usually in the pelvic area. Excess amounts of the hormone oestrogen help thicken and build up this tissue which we normally shed through our period. But, when these tissues are somewhere else in the body it means that they remain inside the body and can cause pain, swelling, and sometimes fertility problems. Endometriosis can increase the risk of developing an eating disorder due to a gap in receiving appropriate care and treatment, such that an intense dislike of one’s body can emerge for which restrictive diets are used as a coping mechanism.

 

Our dietitians can:

  • Support you using the principles  Health At Every Size® (HAES®) and intuitive eating to heal a complicated relationship with food and your body

  • Work together on ways to incorporate movement into your life when chronic pain is an issue

  • Answer some of common questions:

    • Do you need to avoid gluten and dairy to manage my endometriosis?

    • Are there supplements you should be taking?

    • How much bloating is “normal”?

    • Should your bowels habits be changing so much?

    • How do you reduce inflammation in the body?

    • Do you need to eat only organic fruit and vegetables?

    • Are there ways to optimise my fertility with nutrition if I have endometriosis?

OSTEOPOROSIS & BONE HEALTH

Bones are constantly changing throughout our life – breaking down (resorption) and being renewed (formation). When resorption occurs more quickly than formation, it causes a loss of bone density and strength which is referred to as Osteoporosis (meaning ‘porous bones’). Bones with osteoporosis are weak and fragile which means they can fracture more easily.

Some risk factors for developing Osteoporosis are:

  • Being female

  • Increasing age or going through menopause

  • A family history

  • Certain conditions like Coeliac Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and medications used to treat conditions like asthma, arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions.

  • History of or active eating disorders and disordered eating patterns

 

The foods we eat play an important role in managing, and preventing Osteoporosis. Having enough calcium-rich foods is critical for building strong bones, and in adults to slow down bone loss. Our Dietitians are able to provide you with strategies to minimise the risks associated with Osteoporosis. 

Our dietitians can:

  • Help treat the underlying causes e.g. restrictive eating patterns which may be leading to suboptimal nutrient availability and utilisation

  • Incorporate intuitive eating principles of gentle nutrition and joyful movement to plan for adequacy of critical nutrients for bone health

FERTILITY

Your relationship with food and your body can impact on your fertility but often not in the ways that you may think. Many women are simply told to ‘lose weight’ which is certainly not helpful advice or necessary for the end goal of a healthy, happy bub!

 

Our dietitians can:

  • Help you navigate a fat phobic medical space around fertility and be your ally in challenging weight stigma

  • Choosing prenatal vitamins and supplements to take before conception

  • Boost your fertility with gentle nutrition strategies while undergoing Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) such as ovarian induction, ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) and IVF (in-vitro fertilisation procedures)

  • Support you through questions about the ‘pregnancy diet’

PREGNANCY

Pregnancy is a challenging time and can be triggering for those with a history of disordered eating and eating disorders. It is important to have supports in place to help empower you in your changing body.

Our dietitians can help:

  • Navigate the challenges that may arise when your body evolves during pregnancy and with increased unwarranted body comments

  • Provide gentle nutrition advice to help meet the extra demands of pregnancy safely, throughout each stage

  • Emphasise food permission, know that weight loss should NEVER be recommended for a pregnant person, no matter what your body size

BREASTFEEDING

Including a variety of healthy foods can support recovery after pregnancy and breastfeeding. We’ll check in with you about your eating habits, making sure you’re keeping up with the additional nutrition needs of breastfeeding – because let’s face it, you’ve just taken on another full-time job and you need to fuel it - and assist with your transition into motherhood. 

Our dietitians can:

  • Educate you about the important nutrients to consume whilst breastfeeding, such as iodine

  • Plan and implement a healthy breastfeeding eating plan

  • Provide evidence-based recommendations for nutritional supplements whilst breastfeeding

  • Answer any questions you have about breastfeeding

  • Educate about safety during breastfeeding, including how to prevent dehydration and which foods to avoid